CEO Anne Starr's Email Update to Employees for June 18, 2020

CEO Update

Dear All,  

Although we are seeing record increases in COVID cases in states like TX, AZ, FL, and CA we are not seeing these same trends here in Iowa or in Polk County.  Medical analysis report that these states are “ not seeing a resurgence but rather they are still in the first wave of the pandemic and never had effectively contained the virus.  I.e. These other states skipped over the  phase where they flatten the curve and then the phase where the positive cases trend down over time.      

You can see by today’s attached graphs, the trends in positive cases is continuing downward in spite of reopening efforts in every county.  

Iowans have taken to heart the use of masks not just for our own health but for the health of others.  Keep it up.  Wear your masks.  Be a leader at work and in the community.  Wear it proudly.   Be socially responsible.   

Here’s a few other science based views or facts that are important to remember:  

·         We don’t know that there will be a resurgence of the virus in the fall when we typically see incidence of influenza begin to increase.  We don’t know but some hospitals are stocking up today on ventilators before then just in case.   Best case scenario for those hospitals, they have extra ventilators they never need.  


·         We still don’t know if people develop antibodies to the virus after being infected with it.   So, in short, we don’t know that people who have had the virus can’t catch it again.  We have to act as if right now that people can catch it more than once until we know differently.  

·         There are currently 12 companies internationally working on development of a COVID 19 vaccine.  There is some legitimate hope that a vaccine will be on the market by early 2021.  

·         Last week the World Health Organization said that they had indicated there may be research pointing toward people with COIVD but having no symptoms would not shed or pass along the virus.  It turns out this was not the case.   The scientific medical community still believes that the virus can be shed or passed along by people with COVID but who have no known symptoms.   Bottom line, not having any symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have COVID. 

Tomorrow the country celebrates Juneteenth.  Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day”, is the time when we celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the  United States.   The actual Emancipation Proclamation was delivered by President Lincoln in 1863 but due to slow communication and resistance during the Civil War there were many in western states that did not learn of the proclamation and their freedom for more than two years.  Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th every year even though the date that many learned of freedom was spread out over many months.    The  13th amendment to the US Constitution officially ended slavery in all states and was ratified in 1865 after the Civil War ended.    Iowa recognizes Juneteenth as a holiday and when we return to more “normalcy” and can celebrate with picnics, speakers, and other activities we will do so.  This year you will see information posted on our social media sites explaining Juneteeth and its importance.    We hop ein the coming year that Congress may also officially recognize Juneteenth for its place as “Independence Day for Black Americans”

The Dreamers Act or D.A.C.A. was upheld today in the Supreme Court after attempts by the Trump administration to end it.  The Trump Administration efforts left many Dreamers wondering if they were going to continue to be allowed to live in the United States and questioning their futures.  This link will take you to an article which is written with talking to youth about DACA and why today’s decision by the Supreme Court is so important.  

We want safety and nonviolence for all, all of the time, regardless of the color of our skin.     We celebrate the “wins” and continue to press for equity for all.   


Sanctuary on!   Anne 








Today the Supreme Court upheld DACA


Sanctuary on!